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Gary Sweet (1957)

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Gary Sweet is an Australian film and television actor known for his roles in Alexandra's Project , Police Rescue, Cody, Big Sky, The Battlers, Bodyline and Stingers.

He grew up in Warradale, South Australia and attended Brighton high school in Adelaide. He later obtained a teaching degree and whilst at Sturt Teachers' College took up drama.

His first role was in low-budget horror film Nightmares. In the early 1980s, Sweet became recognisable through the on-going role of Leslie 'Magpie' Maddern in the Crawfords television series The Sullivans.

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 Television
In 1984, Sweet had his first major role as Donald Bradman in the Network Ten miniseries Bodyline, the story of the 1932–33 Test cricket series between England and Australia.

The award-winning 1987 Australian TV movie "The Great Bookie Robbery" was a gritty true-crime story
seeing Sweet's character "Chico white" playing the inside man trying to infiltrate the close-knit bank robbers.

Between 1990 and 1996, Sweet starred in the drama series Police Rescue as Sgt. Steve "Mickey" McClintock. This role was a popular role for Sweet, and lead him to win several major television awards, including the Australian Film Institute's Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama for his performance , the Variety Club Heart Award for TV Actor of the Year , and two TV Week Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor and Most Outstanding Actor .

Between 1997 and 1999, Sweet starred in Big Sky as Chris Manning, and in 1999, starred in Dog's Head Bay as Alex. In 2001, he appeared in a fourth series episode of the British comedy-drama Cold Feet. In 2002, he took on the continuing role of Inspector Luke Harris in the police drama series Stingers until the show's conclusion in 2004. He then went on to star in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Dog's Head Bay".

In 2006, Sweet was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and made it to the final seven. His partner was dancer Eliza Campagna. In 2007, Sweet appeared on several shows. He starred in the SBS miniseries The Circuit , he co-hosted Channel Nine's Things To Try Before You Die and starred in the ABC television series Rain Shadow with Rachel Ward. In 2008, he narrated the Australian observational documentary TV series Sudden Impact, broadcast on the Nine Network.

In 2009, he had a guest role in Channel Nine's Rescue: Special Ops and starred in season two of The Circuit. He had a role as Gunnery Sergeant Haney in The Pacific , which aired in 2010 in Australia and the U.S. In 2010, he played Superintendent Jack Finchin in the short-lived Nine Network police drama Cops L.A.C. In 2011, he had a role on Rescue: Special Ops as Shane Gallagher, the older brother of Dean and Chase Gallagher.

 Stage
Though most recognised for his television roles, Sweet has also appeared in numerous stage
productions. These include David Williamson's The Club, and in 2001, Tony McNamara's play The Recruit for the Melbourne Theatre Company. He has also appeared in the musical Oh, What a Night .

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 Music
Sweet dabbled in the Australian music scene with limited success in the early 1990s. Sweet released a cover of Billy Thorpe's Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy) in 1993 through Polygram Records Australia.

 personal life
Sweet is divorced from his third wife, television presenter and former Commonwealth Games swimmer, Johanna Griggs. They have two sons, Jesse James and Joe Buster. Sweet also has two children from his second marriage to Jill Miller, Frank and Sophie. Following in his father's footsteps, Frank Sweet is also an actor. Sweet's first marriage was to actress Lenore Smith.

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